Lil Wayne and Young Money Stop at BJC
Last night, Young Money and crew brought their shit to the BJC in their “I am Music 2” tour featuring Travis Barker, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Weezy. If you were one of the thousands of students there, you saw how epic the show was with special guests, fireballs and fireworks and a hell of a lot of songs we hadn’t heard in years.
We had several Onward State staff members in attendance and here is what we thought:
Marcus Correll: Art’s Editor
Overall, the concert was amazing. I missed Travis Barker’s set due to pre-game delays but by the time we got there, Rick Ross and his beard were rocking the stage. When Weezy came out, the night was really underway. Bringing out Corey Gunz, Birdman, Nicki Minaj and Jae Millz, the show was full of surprises. Seeing Weezy perform post-prison should be a goal of any rap fan since he’s now sober(ish) and has a deeper dedication to music than ever before. He referenced his “vacation” at Riker’s Island and also announced that “Tha Carter IV” will come out May 16th (read as: will leak by the end of April).
I’ve seen Weezy twice, once before prison and now once after. Comparing the two, it seems that Wayne has shifted focus from his weed and syrup to his Young Money family and making music. Seeing him play “6 Foot 7 Foot” at the end of the night kept us bumping and grinding until he disappeared down the trap door on stage. Now that Weezy is free, he’s tearing up the rap industry and i have no doubt he’ll make the five million mark he promised to the fans.
Shawn Inglima: Photographer
I hate to say this but I set high expectations for this show and was disappointed at the end. Even though my voice was gone from screaming like a tween getting a glimpse of Justin Bieber and rapping to every song I knew, I had high hopes for an encore with Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross performing their new single ‘If I Die Today’ with Travis Barker drumming along. And where was Travis Barker during the entire show? I was not sufficed with someone else on drums while Barker was chilling backstage or smoking a joint in his tour bus.
I was surprised but not really at the same time that Shanell and Birdman made cameo appearances. The one surprised guest appearance I would’ve gone crazy for would be Drake. Wayne gave me the dick tease of a lifetime when he was giving thanks to his fans and particularly Drake for being there for him when he was in jail. But other than that, the performance was energizing and had me dancing all night. It’s a shame that no guy was in the seat next to me. I would’ve grinded the shit out of him. I wish the show didn’t end at the stroke of midnight. I would’ve danced till the crack of dawn.
Davis Shaver: Editor-in-Chief
I scored a ticket last minute for Wednesday’s I Am Music II tour stop… when one of our writers offered it to me, I knew I had to take it. I’m a fan of Lil Wayne, sure, but Nicki Minaj– she’s definitely my favorite of all the Young Money artists to appear last night. That said, Drake really would have made this concert a home-run. Maybe next time, Weezy.